Book and Pen


An online magazine & virtual community for people with big dreams and home offices

People who work remotely have unique demands on their time and attention. The same strategies that ensure success in an office setting do not yield the same results in a home office environment. This space is meant to be a virtual gathering place and source of inspiration for all the “non-traditional” workers: the telecommuters, the digital nomads, the entrepreneurs, the freelancers, and the side hustlers. Here you’ll find support for the unique challenges presented by working remotely, a place to celebrate the benefits, tips and techniques for work-life integration, and advice for those thinking of making the transition to a work-at-home situation. 

July 29, 2020

As a lifelong lover of learning and teaching, I have always tossed around the idea of homeschooling my children… that is, until I was actually forced to homeschool my four-year-old during a pandemic. I know, I know… homeschooling during a pandemic is NOT actually what...

July 27, 2020

About a month ago, I managed to pull myself out a work-from-home funk. I often write about what I call “the work-from-home doldrums,” that haze that remote workers can fall into from the repetitiveness of the days, the lack of social connection, and the unending contin...

July 21, 2020

We interrupt the standard posts on remote work for a reflection on using communication to support your success.

Recently I read an article from about “4 Ways Women Can Embrace Their Inner Ambition.” The premise was good: many women are ambitious but are hesi...

July 6, 2020

This advice might run counter to everything you hear and think about remote work, but in my experience, there is no quicker road to burnout than constantly trying to work and parent simultaneously. Obviously, this advice changes depending on the age of your children. W...

June 26, 2020

I discovered recently that I am still making a mistake with my to-do lists…one that is affecting both my productivity and my happiness: I get so emotionally and psychologically attached to the idea of completing a task—and performing the beloved action of crossing it o...

March 13, 2020

The trend toward offering remote and hybrid work options has been sharply accelerated by recent concerns about the coronavirus, as many companies like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Square, and other organizations in affected areas have asked their emplo...

March 9, 2020

Remote work has been on the rise for years now, but concerns regarding the coronavirus have sharply accelerated this trend, forcing many companies and employees to test their capabilities for telecommute work environments. Workers in China, Italy, Japan, and South Kore...

September 24, 2019

My life has been feeling very chaotic lately…

Like, so chaotic.

We’re in the middle of a move (so boxes everywhere…check out my latest YouTube video for proof!). My mother is living with us (well, we’re living with her, as she bought our house). I expanded my role at the...

July 1, 2019

I’ve just finished reading Elizabeth Willard Thames’s Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence through Simple Living for the second time (affiliate link). Whoever thought that personal finance books were dry and impersonal has not read this book, which is...

June 30, 2019

When I was in graduate school, I had a good friend who religiously took Sundays off from schoolwork—not primarily for religious purposes, however; she simply carved out one day a week for herself, to put away her school books and assignments and nurture her soul. She w...

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